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King Tuff

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King Tuff is the 2012 record from King Tuff his first for Sub Pop and his second album overall. Was Dead, King Tuff's 2008 debut, captured the attention of the rock underground and quickly blew through its limited pressing. His gem of a new album was produced by Bobby Harlow, of The Go and Conspiracy of Owls, who said of King Tuff: "We've created something here. King Tuff should not be inspected or even listened to with critical ears. Cut your ears off. Rock & Roll is meant to be blasted into your cells, penetrated, and absorbed. It's a visceral experience." All hail the King.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B007P5U36Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Gregory William Locke on July 8, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Kyle Thomas is maybe the most talented young Rock God that even your dweebiest indie snob pal didn't know about before last month. He's the frontman for Witch, J. Mascis' Stoner Metal side project; he's the front man of Sub Pop's criminally underrated indie poppers Happy Birthday (we recommend checking out their incredible eponymous 2010 debut if you've not already); he was in cult hero folk band Feathers (released on Devendra Banhart's Gnomonson imprint); and now he's releasing kinda/sorta solo albums under the name King Tuff - via Sub Pop Records, no less. Imagine Jay Reatard, if he were less angsty and used his real voice a little more. Or even Stephen Malkmus, if he were less guarded and abstract. Thomas is a weirdo who comes off as equally spirited and sweet - a rock singer/songwriter who actually appears to be happy and fun.

While I was never a huge Reatard believer, I always appreciated the man's unapologetic enthusiasm for rock n' roll music. The swaggering, sometimes pounding, surprisingly creative, totally howling stuff. Stones, Iggy, Germs, Wire, Wipers, you get it. Kyle "King Tuff" Thomas has that same spirit, though in a way that resembles - at least on this record - the Brother Davies more than it does the Brother Asheton. "Loser's Wall," the lead single from King Tuff, simultaneously reminds me of three of the things I love most: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain; The Rolling Stones; and pivitol scenes from Wes Anderson movies that feature Brit Pop singles. It's one of the best indie tracks of the year, and one that will age better than most of the competition.

"Loser's Wall" aside, I can't quite call King Tuff a great record. Nope, Thomas hasn't made one of those just yet (though the Happy Birthday disc did come close).
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I first heard King Tuff and shrugged, no biggie. A few tracks in and probably 80-90 listens later, I am a huge fan. They do a great updated T.Rex/Mark Bolan thing but that's not all. They have great pop sensibilities--mellow tracks interspersed between harder edge ones. Anthem, Alone and Stoned, Unusual World, Stupid Superstar are all great tracks--not a dud on the whole album. I listen to this album at least twice a week. The songs will stick with you. Pure magic!
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I think this is gonna wind up being my favorite record this year. I can't stop playing it! It sounds kinda like Wreckless Eric fronting Big Star or something on that order. That good. Too many good songs to mention: "Keep On Movin'", "Bad Thing", "Loser's Wall", and "Alone & Stoned" are all great! The whole record is real good. Go get it, you little hipster, you.
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Saw these guys at the Beauty Bar in Las Vegas. I was blown away. I immediately bought their vinyl, had King Tuff sign it, and now I play it all the time. All of the songs on this album are amazing which seems extremely rare these days. Bad Thing, Alone and Stoned, Stranger, and Baby Just Break make this record absolutely a must buy. I can't wait to see how King Tuff's career turns out. I'm sure there are great things to come.
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Tremendous 2nd album from Kyle Thomas who records under the name King Tuff. To these ears he seems to draw inspiration from the Psych Rock, Jangly pop which seems to be about in abundance these days, THANK YOU. This album starts off noisy but quickly finds its feet in its melodic jangly pop core. To be fair, I love it and am wildly excited by what this guy is likely to come up with in the future. But first things first, this album. I guess if you're trying to catagorise, its similar to Thee Oh Sees and/or Mikal Cronin, Tame Impala, Fresh and Only's. But the real strength is the quality of the songs, I'm seriously smitten. First track Anthem, alerts you to something good happening, followed by Alone & Stoned, yeah I get it. and on we go, nary a dud on this gem. I'm running out of superlatives, just go and get yourself a copy,a seriously good alt pop album.
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These guys knows how to rock. I Knew that when I first heard "Bad Thing" on Little Steven's Underground Garage-the BEST radio station on the planet(in case you don't know that by now). Well the whole thing is expertly produced by Bobby Harlow of the fantastic band The Go. If you don't have their "Howl on the Haunted Beat You Ride" CD by now you are missing out on some great music! Well this has an incredibly imaginative sound- like that recording- which sticks to a person like glue. Metal Heads into his other personality/band Witch, who are also good, may not dig it though. That's the only warning I need to give about this one. Detroit music (where this was produced) continues it's powerful legacy for modern times. There's still alot of cool music being made and that's good for the future of rock n roll. I'll continually search for great music like this until the day I die!
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Besides having an amazing live set (personal experience) King Tuff delivers with a sonic display of angsty power with catchy standout songs like "Bad Thing" "Anthem" "Alone & Stoned" "Stupid Superstar" and "Hit & Run." It's run time is appropriate and a couple songs like "Swamp of Love" slow down the momentum a bit. Put it in your car and jam out.
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